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Merry Christmas, Stinky Face

Merry Christmas, Stinky Face

4.3 3
by Lisa McCourt, Cyd Moore (Illustrator)

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Stinky Face loves Christmastime, but he still has plenty of questions.

Luckily, his imaginative Mama knows just how to reassure him.

Stinky Face fans everywhere will love dropping in on their favorite mom and son during the magical Christmas season!


Stinky Face loves Christmastime, but he still has plenty of questions.

Luckily, his imaginative Mama knows just how to reassure him.

Stinky Face fans everywhere will love dropping in on their favorite mom and son during the magical Christmas season!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One of the all-time champion worriers returns in Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt, illus. by Cyd Moore. Here Stinky Face challenges his unflappable mother to come up with contingency plans for various possible emergencies: "What if Santa landed on our roof, and one of his reindeer got his antlers stuck in the tree that hangs over my bedroom window?"
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this fourth title about the habitual worrywart, the child is full of incessant questions about Christmas and Santa. What if one of the reindeer gets his antlers stuck in the trees? What if Santa's boots fall off? What if he gets chapped lips from all that flying? As in previous titles, the boy's mother reassures him with creative, exaggerated, and humorous solutions. In a satisfying ending, Santa is left a plate of cookies and a few emergency supplies that he might need. Moore's delightful watercolor cartoons are an integral part of the story's success. The pictures may be too small to carry for storytime, but work well for one-on-one sharing.-M. W. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
McCourt and Moore (It’s Time for School, Stinky Face, 2000, etc.) continue their collaborative examination of one imaginative little boy with a major case of the "what-if’s," the fourth in the successful series. This time the little boy called Stinky Face (who is actually quite sweet and clean) focuses his questions to his patient mother on the approaching Christmas holiday. The potential problems posed by Stinky Face begin realistically (too much snow, a melting snowman) and escalate rapidly into more fanciful fretfulness revolving around Santa’s imminent visit. Each question follows a "But what if . . . " pattern, smoothly answered by the boy’s creative mother, who has a quick-witted, soothing solution for any worry, just like the mother rabbit in The Runaway Bunny. Moore’s lighthearted illustrations ground these worried musings in reality, with believable images that will help to explain some of unusual ideas (a coat rack Christmas tree, a reindeer with its antlers stuck in overhanging branches). One delightful product of Stinky Face’s imagination is the friendly Christmasaurus, a holly-covered dinosaur who stops by to help put lights on the house. What if the Christmasaurus came back for another visit in the next story? And what if she and Stinky Face took off in Santa’s sleigh? And what if they crash-landed in the Easter Bunny’s egg-painting factory? Just ask Stinky Face’s mom. She’ll come up with some clever solution. (Picture book. 3-7)
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Stinky Face asks more questions than almost anyone else, especially when it comes to Christmas. Problems pile up for him as he worries about how Santa will handle all of the issues that might arise. Some of the biggest worries include snow covering the door to their house so Stinky Face and his family cannot open it, a snowman following Stinky Face into the house, a giant Christmasaurus needing food after it helps Stinky Face put lights up high on the house, and one of Santa’s reindeer getting stuck in the branches outside of Stinky Face’s window. As Stinky Face goes on and on asking questions, his patient mother comes up with witty answers that satisfy him and add to the delightfully funny tale. Appealing text is written in fancy script and colorful, busy illustrations add to the story. Children will ask to hear the story again and again and will see new things each time they pore over the illustrations. The ideas that Santa will need Stinky Face’s saw, a brush to brush the coats of the reindeer, tape to mend Santa’s bag if it rips from the heavy toys, a special place to keep the snowman in the house, and more are fresh and unique. This book is but one in the imaginative “Stinky Face” series. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 4 to 8.

Product Details

Troll Communications L.L.C.
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Product dimensions:
11.26(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Award-wining author Lisa McCourt has written over thirty books for children, including the Stinky Face books. She lives with her family in Boca Raton, Florida.

Cyd Moore has illustrated many books for children, including the Stinky Face series. She lives in South Carolina, but you can visit her at www.cydmoore.com.

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Merry Christmas, Stinky Face 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DOCDR More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute little story and shows kids that parents (or grandparents) can use funny little nicknames, with love, when trying to explain things to them. This age child seems to ask "why" about 100 times a day! This story tells how a parent explains, time after time, with patience, the answers to so many questions, especially at Christmas time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son makes me read this over and over, he is almost 4 and has the book almost memorized word for word. If you have a son you have toi get this book, it is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl who asks questions about Christmas.She asks about what could go wrong and what they would do about it. This book is ok but if you don't want a short book don't read this one.